#Recap: Host Lincoln Pushes To 5-0 Day

Lincoln wrestlers and coaches with the Trojan Invitational team championship trophy Saturday afternoon, after five dual victories in their home gym (Photo submitted by Lincoln team Facebook page).

By MATMEN, Monday, 2:20 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — There wasn’t much gap between champion Lincoln, runnerup Manatee and third-place Clay in Saturday’s Trojan Invitational duals tournament.

But the Trojans were able to find a way, both times, to knock off the fellow powerhouse teams — and also take wins over Nease, Manatee’s B team and Leon — and win the championship trophy.

Lincoln improved to 12-4 in duals for the season behind wins over Leon (77-6), Nease (53-21), Manatee B (75-6), Manatee (34-33) and Clay (42-38), in succession.

Four Trojan wrestlers — Joe Tucker (8th-2A at 106, 4 pins), Vaniel Caceres (10th-2A at 113, 2 pins & tech), Connor Edwards (3rd-2A at 152, competing at 160; 2 pins/major/decision) and Jakob Nowak (4th-2A at 195, 2 pins/tech/decision) — were all 5-0 on the day.

Jashawn Washington (14th-2A at 126, pin & decision), Zaire Fernanders-Jackson (138/145, 2 pins/win by DQ/decision), Vincent Crump (145/152, 3 pins), Kendrick Scott (220, 2 pins & decision) and Ryder Luck (13th-2A at 285, 2 pins) were all 4-1 on the day. Wesley Smitha (152, 2 pins & decision) was 3-0 in a regular role, while Zakary Jurado (120, decision) and Israel Williams (170, 2 pins) were both 3-2.

After falling in round 1 to Manatee, 39-34, Clay (15-5) took one-sided wins over Manatee B (71-12), Leon (70-12) and Nease (66-12) before falling to the Trojans in the final round.

Clay had four unbeaten wrestlers, three going 5-0 in Jacob Bucci (1st-2A at 106, 5 pins; he was the only local competitor to pin his way through the day), Rylan Herrera (120, 4 pins & decision) and Will Kelly (285, 3 pins & decisioon).

Kedtric Wilbourn (5th-2A at 220, 2 pins/tech/major) was 4-0 for the Blue Devils, while Drew Holmquist (113, 2 pins/tech/decision), Dominic Martin (5th-2A at 182, competing at 170; 3 pins & decision) and Aaron Stacey (195, 4 pins) all were 4-1. Vontae Burke (132, 3 pins), DJ Williams (145, 2 pins & tech) and Tayshaun Tate (152, 3 pins) each had 3-2 records.

Nease (8-12) was fourth in the tournament, with wins over Manatee B (48-30) and Leon (60-6), with an additional loss to Manatee (65-9).

Parker Stamschror (14th-3A at 138) was the St Johns Panthers’ lone 5-0 wrestler, with 3 pins and 2 decisions on the day. Jacob Lutz (9th-3A at 160, 4 pins) was 4-1, and Alan Rivera (20th-3A at 170, 3 pins) had a 3-2 tournament.

Leon (0-7) took losses additionally against Manatee (84-0) and Manatee B (45-24); the Lions did have one wrestler finish above .500 on the day, as Santana Harris (182, 4 pins) compiled a 4-1 tournament record.

Complete box scores for each dual can be found HERE. All rankings from

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